Sonic Contours


Sonic Contours is a series of anarchival experiments I began at the "Distributing the Insensible: Performing the Anarchive" event at the Senselab in Montreal.
Each contour consists of ten audio field recordings presented as concentric circles. The radius represents the duration of the recording. The individual recording can be explored by moving the cursor within each coplanar section.

Sonic Contours is a technique for anarchival relaying between research-creation events through web-based digital soundscapes, made up of a number of sounds recorded over the course of the Immediations project. The question of relaying from past events to future ones has been central to the project, and is a central question to all collective and creative forms of thinking and doing that work across different practices, institutions, and time zones; how do you simultaneously continue and begin without predetermining results? How can you attune to the qualities of the previous events to make them palpable in new events, as a creative potential for events-to-come?
The sounds that make up the soundscape are recordings from reading groups and workshops, from the sonic exploration of different themes related to the project, sounds from installations, and more. In addition, some of the soundscapes are based on concrete recordings for the soundscape infrastructure from the “Distributing the Insensible: Performing the Anarchive” event in Montreal. The soundscapes form sonic contours for entering and relaying the thinking-feeling of past events into events-to-come; the potential for a “sonic warm-up,” a digital forward-feeling, creating a continuity of moving-through and differentially activating past tendencies and intensities.

Brian Massumi
11. Infrastructures for un/recommoning by the Senselab. Copenhagen 2019 10. Walking on Prags Boulevard, Copenhagen 2019 9. The Environmental Arts Collaboratory, 2019 8. AIRlab field trip to Kongens Nytorv. Copenhagen 2017 7. Walking in Weimar. 2017 6. The Affect-o-Meeting by Senselab. Weimar 2017 5. Walking from AIRlab to Byhaven, Copenhagen 2017 1-4. Distributing the Insensible by Senselab. Montreal 2016

Thanks to:

Jonas Fritsch
AIRlab, IT University of Copenhagen
Brian Massumi
SenseLab - 3e, Montreal.

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